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OSHKOSH SCHOOL SHOOTINGA school shooting left an officer and a student injured in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Police are holding a press conference right now.

Posted by WKOW 27 on Tuesday, December 3, 2019

OSHKOSH (WKOW) -- Authorities say a student stabbed an officer shortly before being shot Tuesday morning at Oshkosh West High School.

Police and school district officials revealed more details of what happened immediately before and after the shooting at a press conference Tuesday afternoon.

Police Chief Dean Smith said authorities dispatched officers to the school's 375 North Eagle Street address at 9:12 a.m. The first responder arrived at west high school two minutes later. In total 75 members of law enforcement from multiple agencies would be on the scene.

The first officer made his way to the school resource officer's room, Smith said. There he found the SRO with a student.

The student allegedly stabbed the SRO with an "edged weapon," according to Smith. The SRO responded by shooting the student once.

Both the student and the SRO are being treated at a local hospital and are expected to survive their injuries, Smith said.

In the aftermath of the shooting, some students evacuated while others hunkered in place as classroom doors were barricaded, keeping with the district's safety protocols, said Dr. Vickie Cartwright, superintendent of Oshkosh schools.

"Our students' safety is our number one priority," Cartwright said.

School is canceled throughout Oshkosh Wednesday. The district will make counseling services available beginning that same day.

The approximately 1700 students from the high school were evacuated to Perry Tipler Middle School. Authorities said all the Oshkosh West High students were reunited with their parents by mid afternoon Tuesday.

"I was pretty much on the phone with him the whole time," says parent Shaneah Littel of the roughly one hour when her sun and other students were sheltering in place after the shooting by the officer. "I would have told him to run if he could have," she says.

Parent Tim Appleton also heard from his son as the emergency in the school unfolded.

"He said, 'I have to stay silent now, the police are sweeping the school,' " Appleton says.

"I knew that he knew I was safe," student Bobby Appleton says. "That what was my main concern, why I texted him, is him knowing I'm safe."

Police believe only one student was involved in the struggle with the SRO. Cartwright called it a "contained situation."

"This is a tragedy," Smith said.


BREAKING NOWA shooting at Oshkosh West H.S. injured a student & school resource officer. The school has been evacuated:

Posted by WKOW 27 on Tuesday, December 3, 2019

OSHKOSH (WKOW) -- A student and school resource officer were injured this morning in a shooting at Oshkosh West High School.

A police statement to ABC affiliate WBAY said a student was armed with a weapon and confronted a school resource officer.

The student and officer were both injured and transported to local hospitals.

No other injuries were reported, according to police.

This incident is being turned over to the state Department of Criminal Investigations who will conduct the investigation.

The school is currently locked down and parents can be reunited with their children at Perry Tipler Middle school.

The UW-Oshkosh Police Department confirms Oshkosh police are investigating an emergency situation.

Employees reported a weapons incident at the high school, according to ABC affiliate WBAY-TV. Police are on the scene.

Check back for more information as it becomes available.

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